The trail restoration efforts continue on Galbraith as the loggers carry on with their work. Due to weather and spread out logging activity, we are still planning our trail day on Galbraith but the location is yet to be determined.
If you want a ride up to the mountain, meet us at 8:45 in the parking lot above the Lake Padden softball fields. Lunch is around 12-1pm and we start to wrap up around 3pm. Bring work gloves, a bottle of water, and weather appropriate clothing. We do provide tools but if you have a favorite, please bring it. Food and drinks (i.e. coffee and snacks in the morning and lunch in the afternoon). You will be asked to sign a hold harmless waiver if you haven’t done so this year. There are copies available on the website.
Here’s a clever way to remind folks that we have good intentions when using poo bags, but their purpose is defeated if they’re left behind.
I am a handy poo bag, made of plastic pure and tough.
But alas, as for my insides, they are filled with stinky stuff.
My purpose, not a noble one, but useful nonetheless.
For without me, it is clear to see, our town would be a mess.
Dog owners from all walks of life, and each ethnicity,
Can pick me up with confidence, and put their trust in me.
Responsible pet lovers are always in the know.
They can be sure; I am made strong, to last through sun and snow.
But sadly now, my tale will turn, to gloom instead of glee.
Once cherished, I’m abandoned now, as my handlers simply flee.
Their thoughts are good, and some would say, intentions are what count.
Yet the sight of me, strewn here and there, make tensions only mount.
So as you enjoy your doggy’s life, in city, field, and trail,
Remember please to use me well, then put me in the pail!
- Elaine Elkins
Yet another successful day of trail building with an amazing crew. WWU Cycyling is proud to have such a stellar cycling community surrounding us for a work day out on the beautiful Galbraith mountain. We got lots done on the new version of the Grasshopper trail. We managed to excavate most of the dirt needed for the Alexis Step UP! The brain child of this trail, Mike Storm, is a true visionary! We are so stoked to be working for and with him on this trail. I can say for myself that this trail allows you to send huge features with confidence, knowing you are in good hands. The best part is, its only getting better with flow from the depths of a trail riders wet dream. We are already planning the next feature with complete trail cohesion in mind. Only good things to come from Mike Storm and the dedicated crew he works with. Special thanks to all of the WWU team and all of the awesome people who came out to help! We look forward to hosting another trail day soon.
WWU Cycling President
Sunday’s trail day had a “divide and conquer” approach due to the flurry of logging on the hill and we had 32 folks out braving the elements. The great news is we got some wind, but no rain until the very end of the day.
- Evo and Wonderland are getting new (and separate) entrances. Both sections are getting closer to completion and we’re asking folks to stay off of Evo until the dirtwork has several days to set up better. Honestly, with the logging activity, riders should stay off the trail anyway. The new Wonderland entrance starts where the left turn into Evo is and it connects into the trail without crossing over Evo. There are still two spots that will need a bit more work, but it’s looking really good so far. Once everything is dialed on both sections, we’ll properly close down all of the older sections.
- Grasshopper – another group worked with Mike Storm and the WWU cycling team (who was our trailday sponsor) went to work on Grasshopper. They worked on a new step up and lots of other dirt projects. Having walked this a week ago, the V3 version of this trail is gonna be super fun!
- Wonderland / Naughty Nellie – The Bachman’s and a couple of others tuned up a consistently muddy section and benched the trail above the flat section to give water a place to go.
- El Pollo – David Waugh was out doing more dirt work on El Pollo and, having just ridden the trail on Friday, it’s running great.
- Cedar splitting – Jimmy Fricker split a ton more cedar that is being salvaged from the big slash piles. These will go towards future wood projects and we’re trying to get as much of this done done before the slash piles get cleaned up.
A big thank you to Dan Benowitz and the WWU cycling team for sponsoring the day and, of course, the morning coffee, the La Fiamma pizza for lunch and the bevies!
The Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition (WMBC) would like to address the issue of unauthorized trail building. WMBC does not condone unauthorized trail building and strives to address these issues diplomatically between the land owner and builder(s). We understand that there is a need for specific types of trails in Whatcom County and are working to provide them for you.
WMBC is presently working closely with Whatcom County Parks to address these types of issues. If you know of any individuals that are currently involved in unauthorized trail building, encourage them to work through the WMBC and help us improve and enhance trail access. The mountain biking community is responsible for providing many recreational opportunities in Whatcom County and it’s important that we continue to be a recognized leader in trail design and stewardship. We have a lot of opportunities in the near future that will require the support of the entire mountain biking/trail using community:
- Expanding and enhancing trails at Larrabee State park – the WMBC’s proposed trail plan has helped kick off the C.A.M.P. process with State Parks to bring new trails to Larrabee
- Mountain bikers will be an integral part of the reconveyance planning process – the mountain biking community came out with tons of support to get this land transfer approved, and we plan to represent our group in this process
- Continue being the steward’s of 40+ miles of trails on Galbraith Mountain – including reopening trails after this new round of logging
- Continue expanding our education programs with local elementary and middle school students
Feel free to contact us at any time - email@example.com
WMBC Board of Directors
Hi everyone. To help the WMBC in our ongoing discussions with land managers around our county, please take 5 minutes (I promise) to fill out our 2014 rider survey. It’s completely anonymous and you can provide additional input near the end of the survey.
Janicki crews are moving their schedule around, so here’s the latest. Today, they are moving to the area near the yellow rock / along the 3000 road and will be thinning on the following trails:
- Middle Whoopsie Woodle
- Upper Prison Love
- Upper U line
- Lower Scorpion
- Lower Evolution
These trails will be CLOSED as the loggers move north. Please respect any closed signs for your safety and theirs.
It’s still tbd, but they may continue up through Upper Mullet. We’ll keep folks updated as we know more, but expect trail closures and a call for help getting them re-opened once the loggers are out of the area.
Logging in the Upper Ridge, Bob’s, FF Center, Cedar Dust area is delayed at this point.
Last Saturday, we finally had a build day with some beautiful weather! The sunny day combined with the 60 volunteers (SIXTY!) meant that we were able to get the reroute in the clearcut of Keystone completed which will be a nice section of well-draining trail once it firms up. The old section is still currently open, but we will shut that down in the next month or so.
After the ravine, and past Bottle Opener, there’s also a new exit section that is now open for business. Jim Fricker, Jesse, Trish and Niko got a 20 foot bridge done and that section is ready for tires and will eventually tie directly into the eastern part of Oly in the near future. There are two short sections that need a bit of work, but it’s really close and fine for riding now.
A big shout out to to the G(albraith) Spot ladies and the Cascade Mt. Runners who came out to help dig in the dirt. We had 30 first-time trail folks and it seemed like they all had a good time, while also learning a bit about trailwork. Of course, our usual die-hards were in attendance and were super helpful with giving guidance to the newer folks. Many thanks to Molly from the G Spot runners for a killer lunch of grilled cheese and tomato soup….a unanimous hit! Lastly, thanks to Allie Evans for keeping things organized and herding cats!
Message from the WMBC Trail Director, Eric Brown
There’s a flurry of harvest activity on Galbraith right now that will continue for the next couple of months. Areas below will be affected and the timeline is subject to change due to weather and Janicki’s speed through any section. Expect increased vehicle and machine traffic on the hill during weekdays. If you ride during the week, I’d stay as much on trail as possible and off the roads.
- Rock n Roll: Harvest just completed, but trail not re-opened yet.
- Candy, Upper SST/Golden Spike, Arsenio, Cleavage and Rusty Can: This area is currently being thinned/harvested and should be done within a week. Then, we’ll work to get those re-opened asap.
- Upper Ridge/Cedar Dust, Family Fun Center/Upper Bob’s Logging/thinning will start ~February 3rd in the area of the 4-way intersection of Cedar Dust, Upper Ridge Ridge, Family Fun Center and Upper Bob’s. This will take approximately a month and we will be closing access to ALL of these trails due to machine and vehicle activity. If you need to access trails from the North side, you’ll need to go left after the Big Gnarly / Sandstone ridge area, then down the road and back to the Old UP (we’ll give it a quick pass this week).
As soon as the loggers are out of this zone, we will have an “all hands on deck” trail day(s) to get those trails re-opened and access regained. We’re shooting for the first week of March for a massive trail day, but we’ll know more as the harvest activity takes place.
- Papa Bear area will be thinned around the first week of March.